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Adoption: Picture Books for Children

Nonfiction books on adoption can be found in J or Y 362.73. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.


Picture Books (JE)


Author Title Call Number
BashistaMishka: An Adoption Tale
Mo, a teddy bear in an airport gift shop, is chosen to be best friends with a young boy who is about to find a new home and family.
JE Bashista
BuntingJin Woo
Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds his parents still love him, he decides that having a brother will be fine.
JE Bunting
CarlsonMy Family Is Forever
A young girl recounts how she came to be part of an adoptive family.
JE Carlson
CaseleySisters
When Melissa's parents adopt Kika from another country, the two girls learn about being sisters.
JE Caseley
ClarkSweet Moon Baby
The moon watches over a baby girl in China whose parents love her but cannot take care of her and guides a childless couple from far away to their new daughter.
JE Clark
ColeHow I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story
A young girl tells the story of how she came to her parents through adoption.
JE Cole
De PaolaA New Barker in the House
Twins Moffie and Morgie are excited when they hear that their family is adopting a three-year-old Hispanic boy.
JE De Paola
FriedmanStar of the Week
As her turn to be the kindergarten "Star of the Week", Cassidy-Li puts together a poster with pictures.
JE Friedman
HeoTen Days and Nine Nights
A young girl eagerly awaits the arrival of her newly adopted sister from Korea while her whole family prepares.
JE Heo
HojerHeart of Mine: A Story of Adoption
An inspiring story of the creation of a family when two people embark on a wondrous journey to bring a little girl home.
JE Hojer
LewisEvery Year on Your Birthday
Each year on the birthday of her adopted Chinese daughter, a mother recalls the moments they have shared, from the first toy to the friends left behind in China.
JE Lewis
LewisI Love You Like Crazy Cakes
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.
JE Lewis
LinThe Red Thread
A sad king and queen find joy and happiness after a mysterious red thread leads them to a baby waiting to be adopted.
JE Lin
McDonnellGoyangi Means Cat
An understanding cat helps a young Korean girl adjust to her new home in America.
JE McDonnell
OkimotoThe White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption
Across North America, people in four different homes prepare for a special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their new adoptive parents.
JE Okimoto
PettitYafi's Family: An Ethiopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss and Adoption
Yafi's family recalls his adoption from Ethiopia with stories, memories and photographs.
JE Pettit
StoekeWaiting for May
A young boy looks forward to the day when a new sister, who will be adopted from China, joins his family.
JE Stoeke
SugarmanRebecca's Journey Home
Mr. and Mrs. Stein and their young sons, Gabe and Jacob, adopt a baby girl from Vietnam.
JE Sugarman
ThisdaleNini
Nini remembers hearing a soft voice promising her a loving home.
JE Thisdale
ThomasThe Red Blanket
Tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby.
JE Thomas
YoungMy Mei Mei
Antonia gets her wish when her parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her.
JE Young

Children’s Illustrated Fiction (J Illus.)


Author Title Call Number
CummingsThree Names of Me
A girl adopted from China explains that her three names--one her birth mother whispered in her ear, one the babysitters at her orphanage called her, and one her American parents gave her--are each an important part of who she is.
J Illus. Cummings

Last Updated: 10/15

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